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Kootenai River Fishing Report – April 12,2018 – GoFlyfishMontana.com

Posted on Apr 13, 2018 by Dave Blackburn

Kootenai River Flow: 4000 Cubic Feet per second, 6 foot visibility, 38 degrees

Hatches: Little Blue Quills, Silver Stripe Caddis, Little Olive Stones, Midges

Effective Patterns

Dry: Parachute Adams, Purple Haze #16-20, Tan Stimulator #8 and 10, Griffiths Gnat, small Golden and Olive Stones.

Nymph and Streamers: Beadhead Prince, pheasant tail, stones and midge pupa. Black/Olive Conehead wooly buggers, kokanee killers

Fishing Report: Late winter weather continues to cool things off for typical spring fishing. Look for rising fish in the slower waters at the end of riffles along the transitions to the deeper pools. Fish streamers slowly or on a dead drift. Things should pick up with the warmer weather coming on next week. Fisher River run-off is beginning to increase adding some color to the upper Kootenai.



About dave

Dave Blackburn started tying flies and fly fishing at the age of 10 and has been fishing and guiding the Kootenai River in Montana for more than 25 years. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Forest Resource Management with an emphasis on water quality and aquatic ecology. He traveled westward and ended up in Montana on the banks of the Kootenai in 1981 where he now resides with his wife, Tammy. He is on the board of directors of the Kootenai Valley Trout Club. He has been a past director of the the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana and the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited. Dave chaired the Upper Kootenai River Preservation Society, which was instrumental in defeating the Jennings Rapids Dam project. Dave is a FFF-certified casting instructor and a contract tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He teaches fly tying and fly fishing at Flathead Community College. His photos and articles have appeared in Flyfisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, and The Flyfisher magazines.